A curve obtained by fitting Polynomials to each ordinate of an ordered sequence of points. The above plots show Polynomial curves where the order of the fitting Polynomial varies from to , where is the number of points.

Polynomial curves have several undesirable features, including a nonintuitive variation of fitting curve with varying Coefficients, and numerical instability for high orders. Splines such as the Bézier Curve are therefore used more commonly.

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